The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the eight years in promotional background last Saturday (June 3, 2017) using UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway. It was a solid night of bits that saw nine of 12 bouts ending inside the distance, and with all the fights now in our rear perspective, let us look at some possible matchups featuring a few of the competitors from the evening…
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
Holloway dethroned Jose Aldo to turn into brand new king at 145 pounds, and because of his very first official title defense, I think it would make most sense for him to carry on Frankie Edgar, as that is a matchup fight fans are trying to watch for a little while today. Another potential candidate to get a title shot at Cub Swanson, but his last loss came in the hands of Holloway at a really decisive fashion. That is not a battle that peaks the interest of fight fans, as Holloway will be expected to be a huge favorite. The Edgar battle is one in which anything can happen, so everybody wants to see it. I think this potential featherweight title would are an excellent fit to main event UFC 216 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Rose Namajunas
Gadelha made brief work of Poland’s Karolina Kowalkiewicz, beating her from rear-naked choke entry in the very first form of activity. She enjoys a two-fight winning series, and for her next outing within the Octagon, I want to see her take on Namajunas at a title eliminator. Both fighters earned quick victories in their most recent bouts, so I would like to see them make a fast turnaround to co-main occasion August’s UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
Brian Kelleher vs. Bryan Caraway
Kelleher gained a first-round guillotine-choke submission over veteran Iuri Alcantara in what was a picture perfect promotional introduction for the 30-year-old, who used his post-fight speech to request a Top 10 ranked opponent for a quick turnaround on the coming Long Island card in July. I think an opponent that makes sense is Caraway, that has not seen action as a split decision win over Aljamain Sterling just over a year ago. I believe this is a pairing which is reasonable for the two fighters and would be a good fit anywhere on the Long Island card.
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